By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Things feel a little different for everyone at the Frys.com Open. This is, after all, the first time the Frys.com has served as the first event of the PGA TOUR season. The 2013-14 season – the TOUR’s first “wraparound” schedule – begins Thursday.
But the new calendar configuration is hardly the only thing new for Horschel. He had to go to Q-School in each of his first four seasons as a pro. He had to spend the fall worrying about his TOUR card. No more. Horschel won his first TOUR title at this year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans and qualified for his first TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
The biggest thing Horschel has to learn given his new success? How to rest.
"It's a learning process, and what I learned the best is that if I play four events out of six, if I come home for two or three weeks, I need to literally just get away from the game and not touch a club for five or six days, which is tough because I feel like I'm losing something," Horschel said. "It's more a mental thing than a physical thing, taking my mind off of it and not worrying about the swing or this or that. Just getting my mind away from the game of golf."
He had four consecutive top-10 finishes – including his win and two other top-3s – in March and April. He also finished fourth at the U.S. Open. His next top-10 didn’t come until a T-7 at the TOUR Championship, though. Horschel said burnout was the culprit for his poor play.
"I just didn't play well," he said. "I got a little burnt out, a little more tired, a little more emotional on the golf course than I wanted to be."
Horschel has had past success at the Frys.com Open. He tied for seventh in 2011 and was in second place halfway through last year’s event before fading to 29th with scores of 73-71 on the weekend.
He'll tee off at 7:40 a.m. Thursday with fellow TOUR Championship participant Gary Woodland and defending Frys.com Open champion Jonas Blixt.